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08-August-2015
08-August-2015

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Statue of Kelpie/ Cattle dog cross known as "Red Dog". The nickname, "Red Dog" has been attributed to the red dirt of the Pilbara Region.

Red Dog was born in the area and travelled between Perth and Broome, and was known by many of the locals throughout the Pilbara and he travelled to many locations including Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Point Sampson, Port Hedland, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Broome and even Perth.

He had an amazing homing instinct, always returning to either Dampier or Karratha where he preferred to base himself.  He died in November 1979, it is believed he had been poisoned by strychnine bait.  He is buried in an unmarked grave somewhere between Dampier and Karratha.

Location

Address:Dampier Highway, Dampier, 6713
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -20.664156
Long: 116.717517
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Animals
Monument Designer:Meri Forrest (Sculptor)

Dedication

Front Inscription

Plaque:

        RED DOG

The Pilbara Wanderer  
Died November 21 1979.  
Erected By The Many Friends
Made During His Travels

Plaque: 

A COMPLETE HISTORY OF
          RED DOG
CAN BE VIEWED AT THE KARRATHA
PUBLIC LIBRARY
MEMENTOS ARE ON DISPLAY AT
THE KARRATHA VETERINARY HOSPITAL

Back Inscription
Plaque: 
RED DOG MEMORIAL FUND
          COMMITTEE
G.R.HEATH.  K.G.MERLO.  A.G.DELBRIDGE.
P.B.SADLER. B.R.CATTO.  DR. R.E.FENNY.
          MR. P. LOFDAHL.
PRINCIPAL DONOR  MR. ORKY DATE. 
MERI FORREST — SCULPTOR
CHRIS HETHEY - BRONZEFOUNDER


Plaque: 
THE STORIES THIS OLD DOG COULD TELL
IF ONLY HE COULD SAY
WOULD ADD A PAGE IN HISTORY
FOR EVER AND A DAY 
BUT STILL HE`LL BE REMEMBERED 
BY THOSE WHO KNEW HIS WAY
THE RED DOG OF THE PILBARA
FROM THE NORTH OF W.A.

 
Source: MA
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